The American Dream – Where Did We Go Wrong?

With all of this class warfare crap that has been the focus for 2 years, I got to thinking… We lost sight of the American Dream. For the last decade we were told that the American Dream was home ownership… a house with a white picket fence. That is not, and has never been,  the American Dream. That is only a marker of where you are on the path of the American Dream, just as owning a car is or having a family is.

The American Dream was all about having an opportunity to achieve. It was the chance – not the promised prize. Just as two homes are never alike because of the families that make up what a home really is, no two American Dreams are alike either. Your vision of life’s successes is not the same as mine just as my vision is not the same as yours. The only similarity in our dreams, our American Dreams, reside in the equal opportunity that we both share.

Driving a wedge of greed, jealousy, and envy between you and I only serves to take away the equality of opportunity for you and I. We will never share equal milestones or markers of success and now, thanks to the class warfare of this administration, we will not share the equal opportunity that we were promised.

This opportunity was the most important thing for us to preserve as a nation. It is what made America’s growth possible. It is what put America at the top of the heap. Today, we are sinking like a rock because someone thinks that to limit one’s ability to achieve in order to make another feel equal is the path to success. No one will ever get ahead and no one will be a motivator for another. True success comes at the expense of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication in the face of resistance while working in with unlimited opportunity.

The greatest part of what success means, though, is not found in financial gain or number of possessions. Success is the realization of your dream and that dream cannot be achieved without unhindered opportunity. No person’s American Dream is more important than any other’s so we cannot continue to treat it that way by creating a “level playing field” where we cap anyone’s success. Capping your ability in order for me to catch up to you robs you of your American Dream and that is not what I should ever want to do.

So… where did we go wrong? —– When we lost sight of the knowledge that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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